I’ve been happily working at SMP for over four years now and when it comes to weddings, I’ve pretty much seen everything. Until now. Because this, my friends, isn’t just your average, everyday nuptials. It’s a raging wildfire attempting to stop a wedding ceremony, and a gorgeous bride and groom committed to making it through their I do’s, despite the fire trucks, sirens and billowing smoke in the distance. The result? One take your breath away moment after another captured by Josh Newton. See it all right here.
From Josh Newton… This wedding is definitely one for the books. About 11am, a small brush fire turned into a giant wildfire about six miles from the ceremony site. The wedding was at 4 pm, and everyone was setup. Right as the bride was about to walk down, a firetruck came in, sirens blaring, and told the bride we had to evacuate. In tears, her father announced to all the guests that we had to move the wedding. Incredibly, the fireman then told us we could have the ceremony and then had to leave. I’ve never seen anything like what happened next. Everyone moved the entire wedding to a park in Bend, all with smiles and good attitudes. It showed everyone at the wedding what really mattered – the people and the couple.
The location change didn’t affect the wedding at all, it was the most beautiful day. In planning my own wedding, it was an incredible reminder to really value and cherish the most important things in life. While the guests, caterers, and DJ all moved to Drake Park and setup, we snuck away and got some of the most incredible wedding photos I’ve ever taken. The couple was happy and thankful the entire time we were shooting photos while everyone was setting up at the park. They really had the most incredible attitude and it was an honor to work with them and really see what mattered. When I was taking the photos I had no idea how amazing they would turn out, but I couldn’t be happier!